Different seasons, holidays and events always inspire a mixture of crafts and play activities and Easter is no different. So I wanted to show you just a couple of the things we have been up to recently and I have included a few things from a couple of my favourite bloggers too. These things are relatively cheap to set up and If you order anything from Baker Ross, feel free to use my readers discount of 25% which is just for you guys! So come along and get some ideas for your Easter play.
For Bridget, I have set up a little sensory play tray for when the bigger two are either at school/preschool or napping so that she can play with it herself. I’ve included a couple of nests and feathers which I picked up from a pound shop, some craft foam shapes that I got from Tesco, some shredded paper and some glittery eggs. I laid it out in the lid of a box and she sat merrily playing with it for quite a while. The different items gave her lots of different textures to explore and she especially liked the rustling of the paper.
With the bigger two, I’ve been doing some of the crafts we were sent from Baker Ross. Dexter and Paisley have really enjoyed scratching off these eggs to make colourful patterns and they can be left to confidently get on with it. Dexter more-so than Pais but she’s still pretty good. They currently each have one on their bedroom door with their names on.
As well as that, we have been making some stained glass eggs. These were also sent to us from Baker Ross and come in a pack of 6 for £3.75. As I mentioned, you can use LESLIE25 at the checkout and get 25% off too, just for being a reader of mine!
These are slightly trickier, great for older children and perfect for doing together. All you need to add is scissors and glue. (But use a glue stick rather than wet glue as we found it made the card curl up when it dried)
Over the past 3, no 4, no.. ermmmm… Over recent years, We have regularly taken part in the preschool decorated egg/bonnet competition. It’s such a large preschool that the award/prize giving lasts a whole morning and there are so many categories. We generally enter one for whichever child I have at the preschool, then there is parents, siblings and mums & tots categories – And those are just the ones we qualify for! Each class then has its own category and the staff have one too. Anyway, I digress… Below is one of Paisley’s attempt at egg decorating from 2 years ago. Every year is a new challenge to try and top the year before. We’ve not even thought about this years yet so I really need to pull my finger out!
My friend Julie has a series on her blog whereby she reads a book with her daughter and then they do a craft or activity together, relating to that book. I absolutely love the series and its a great way of bringing books to life and encouraging a love of reading with the little ones. Recently they have covered ‘We’re going on an egg hunt’ and then created cute little Easter Bonnets. It’s a lovely idea and very cute and simple craft to enjoy together too. Have a look here
Claire from the Ladybirds Adventure has been enjoying some Easter Themed Playdough with her daughter. Dexter loves playdough but just recently, Paisley has decided she always wants to eat it so poor Dexter doesn’t get to play with it that much. I love the way Claire has themed hers just but adding different tools and items. and keeping it on a tray is such a clever idea!
Of course, if you do decide to go on an egg hunt this Easter, you’re going to need a basket. Wouldn’t it be great to make one? Kerry from Blissful Domestication made this one out of a couple of paper plates! So simple, have a look how she did it here.
If you have enjoyed this seeing our Easter play activities in the post and would like some more, you could also check out my ‘things to do in spring for little or no money‘ post – Or even better, you could bag yourself a FREE spring bucket list that you can tick off! There is even space to add some of your own ideas! Let’s face it, you want that, don’t you?